An assisted living facility worker in Florida is accused of falling asleep in a minivan, as the disabled man he was caring for died in the hot vehicle. Joshua D. Russell was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a disabled adult in connection with the May 9 incident.
Russell, who was working at Crossroads of Pinellas, had taken John LaPointe to a doctor’s appointment. Russell then stopped by his home after the appointment and took kratom, WTSP reported. He told deputies he began to feel ill and parked the assisted living facility’s Toyota Sienna minivan to take a nap, the television station reported.
Russell said he later woke up in a sweat from the minivan’s heat and noticed LaPointe was not breathing. Russell attempted CPR but could not revive LaPointe. Investigators said LaPointe died of heatstroke. The medical examiner’s office ruled LaPointe died of hyperthermia. Investigators estimated the temperature inside the minivan reached 125 degrees, the newspaper reported.
Russell went back into his home to retrieve a gun and called his mother, who worked at the assisted living facility, telling her he was going to kill himself, the Times reported.